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by nlm3286 nlm3286 (New Member) New Member

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Hi, I'm a new memeber here. (From Massachusetts)

I had some questions because I'm considering school for nursing.

There is a certificate program at the school I'm looking into that has practical nursing courses.

Are these courses more of the introduction to nursing or?

Can I get LPN or RN after this or is it recommended to do the assoc degree?

Then there is also a program for assoc. degree. There are nursing courses in this program.

Whats the difference in LPN vs RN??

What's the process of getting your license or registered?

Also what kinds of jobs would I be looking at in just starting out in the field?


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Tweety has 28 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

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I'm not sure what you mean by "practical nursing courses". Are you talking about a Licened Practical Nurse? Or a Certified Nursing Assistant?

The difference between an LPN and RN varies from state to state. General the LPN goes to school for one year and is able to handle a wide variety of nursing positions, usually under the direction of an RN or MD.

After you graduate the school will give you infomration on the process of becoming licensed. You have to pass a state exam after graduation to become licensed.

If you're interesting in working the field now, becoming a CNA/Nurse Tech is the best idea.

Good luck.

You might want to talk live to an advisor at your school.

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